A6 guitar chords

A - C# - E - F#

Chord Theory

A6 guitar chords consist of the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th notes of a diatonic scale.
A Major Scale A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G#
Key Signature key signature
Chord A sixth - written as A6
Chord Formula 1 - 3 - 5 - 6
Notes A - C# - E - F#

A6 Guitar Chords

Spelling: 1st(A), 3rd(C#), 5th(E), 6th(F#)
1st 2nd 3rd
Righties: A6  
    e|---|-1-|---|
    B|---|-1-|---|
    G|---|-1-|---|
    D|---|-1-|---|
    A|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3

Written: x02222
Notes: x-A-E-A-C#-E 
Open chord shape: A6 

Lefties:  A6 
     |---|-1-|---|e
     |---|-1-|---|B
     |---|-1-|---|G
     |---|-1-|---|D
     |---|---|---|A
    x|---|---|---|E
Frets  3   2   1
 TAB     e |-2-|
         B |-2-|
         G |-2-|
         D |-2-|
         A |-0-|
         E |---|
          A6 
    e|-1-|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|-4-|
    G|-1-|-2-|---|
    D|-1-|---|-3-|
    A|-1-|---|---|x
    E|-1-|---|---|
Frets  5   6   7

Written: 5x7675
Notes: A-E-A-C#-E-A
Open chord shape: Amaj7

          A6 
     |---|---|-1-|e
     |-4-|---|-1-|B
     |---|-2-|-1-|G
     |-3-|---|-1-|D
    x|---|---|-1-|A
     |---|---|-1-|E
Frets  7   6   5
 TAB     e |-5-|
         B |-7-|
         G |-6-|
         D |-7-|
         A |---|
         E |-5-|
          A6 
    e|---|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|---|
    G|---|-3-|---|
    D|---|-2-|---|
    A|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|x
Frets 10  11  12

Written: x-0-11-11-10-0
Notes: x(E)-A-C#-E-A-E 
Open chord shape: Am

             A6 
     |---|---|---|e
     |---|---|-1-|B
     |---|-3-|---|G
     |---|-2-|---|D
     |---|---|---|A
    x|---|---|---|E
Frets  12  11  10
 TAB     e |--0-|
         B |-10-|
         G |-11-|
         D |-11-|
         A |--0-|
         E |----|

Notes

  • In the second position try and avoid the 5th string. It is easier to barre the whole 5th fret to play this chord but the 5th string is a D note which is not part of the chord. If you are finger-picking, this is easy to do - a little harder if you are strumming.
  • A6 chords are not commonly used in mainstream music, unless you are after a slightly different sound. A famous song using a 6 chord is Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed. Although he uses an F6 chord, it will give you an idea of how well a 6 chord can sound in a given song. You could also listen to Close To You by the Carpenters which uses a G6 chord.
  • Standard keys using the A6 chord: A/F#m and D/Bm. Each of the major keys and their relative minor keys share the same notes. The A6 chord (A - C# - E - F) utilizes notes belonging to the A Major/F#m Scale (A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#), and the D Major/Bm Scale ( D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#).
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